I am over the moon to be part of the Vanguard Professional team. Vanguard are a company based on the south coast of England and they make superb photography accessories. Many photographs spend a lot of money on their camera and lenses but its just important to have quality cases, bags and tripods to complete the experience.
Here is a an interview I did with Vanguard
1. Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
All I aim for when I take a photograph is to try capture the views and conditions I am witnessing. A photograph can capture a scene or a moment perfectly.
2. Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
There has never really been key photographers who have influenced my work but I have had helped from lots along the way. Photography forums and Facebook groups have been a great help for my progression. Whether that has been through advice or just viewing great photographs and trying to analyse what the photographer has done. My friend Brahim was the one who first got me involved in photography as he was selling his old digital camera really cheap! I couldn’t resist and I’ve never looked bag. My dad has been the biggest influence on me as he has inspired me to go out and see many great locations. He’s always on hand for advice.
3. What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?
I just love the art form. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing a great scene and trying to capture it. I also love sharing the views with others and positive feedback always inspires me to keep doing it.
4. What do you think makes your work distinct?
That’s a hard question to answer as personally I think there are many great photographers and many deserving to have their work in their public eye. I think one benefit I have is that I am always at it. I always dedicate every spare moment to the art form and if I am not taking a pic I am trying to promote the ones I have already taken.
5. What is your most memorable photography book and why?
The most memorable is the first one I read when I started getting into photography and it was just a general guide to the art form. I didn’t know anything about technical settings back then so it was a great help.
6. What would your best advice be for some that might have the following challenge? “Why do breath-taking views turn into “boring” photos, and how can I do better?”
All I’d suggest is don’t give up. I’ve shot breath-taking locations which look dull one day and spectacular the next. A view can change quickly just due to lighting, weather conditions and time of day. Always experiment shooting at different times
7. How do you show the slope in your pictures? Even mountain roads often appear flat in photos – how do you get around this?
Shooting from different angles. Placing something in the shot which shows scale. E.g a person next to a big structure will always enhance the picture as it gives scale to the photograph.
8. What photography gear do you use?
- Vanguard Skyborne 51 camera bag
- Vanguard Altapro 283 Tripod
- Vanguard BBH-300
- Canon 6D camera.
- Canon 17-40L series Wide Angle.
- Tokina 16-28 – Wide Angle
- Tamron 24-70
- Tamron 70-200
- Hoya ND1000 filter
- Hoya ND100 Filter
- Lee Super Stopper
Here is the amazing vanguard equipment I use: